Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Welcome to the Megan's Circle Blog!

Hi Everyone!

I just watched the first Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien and I loved the opening: Conan running cross-country from NYC to LA, sort of bringing the whole country with him. Made me think what I've thought before: Everybody ends up in LA, it's just a matter of when!

I'm happy to be able to make this first blog entry filled with good news! My latest test results have come back showing I've had a remarkable response to treatment, and I am pretty healthy right now. Since January, I've been receiving aggressive chemotherapy after I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. It's been a tough five months, but I'm finally experiencing some relief.

To provide a little background:

I spent several months last year visiting doctors for symptoms that eluded diagnosis and eventually forced me to leave work without pay. A trip to the emergency room in January finally yielded concrete information: I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer that had already spread to my liver, brain, and bone.

Treatments including chemotherapy and targeted therapy began immediately to shrink the tumors throughout my body. Everywhere, that is, except for those in my brain. When my doctors prescribed additional, cutting-edge treatments that could eliminate the brain tumors and prevent new growth, my insurance company, California Blue Shield, denied coverage.

Since I want to live as good a quality of life as possible for as long as possible, I decided to get the treatments on my brain tumors by paying out of pocket.

As you can imagine, given the rising costs for even the simplest healthcare, it's nearly impossible for an out-of-work person to afford state-of-the-art cancer treatment without the help of others. To help me pay for these current costs, my family and friends launched Megan's Fund, with a goal to raise $100,000 by August 1st. To date, $60,000 has been donated by my family, friends, co-workers, and supporters, and it's only been a little over a month since the campaign started!

If you would like to contribute to Megan's Fund online, please visit
http://megansfund.chipin.com/megansfund

Or mail your donation to:
Megan Jones
PO Box 593
Altadena, CA 91003

YOGA FOR MEGAN
Here's another way to help. If you are in Boston, my college rommate and dear friend, Sarah Jane Shangraw, is offering yoga classes for a minimum of $20 per person per class. Sarah Jane's husband, Jon, is going to match all the "Yoga for Megan" donations! If you're interested, email me at megancathleen@hotmail.com

BENEFIT SHOWS:
My friend James and his band The Apple Bros. and special guests are organizing benefit shows to raise funds. Details on upcoming benefit shows can be found at: http://www.myspace.com/applebros

FACEBOOK:
If you're on Facebook, join the group Megan's Circle to keep up on the latest news.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support! Check back here regularly for more blog entries!

1 comment:

  1. Megan, what kind of symptoms were you experiencing last year? I am very sorry to hear what is happened to you and wish you the best!

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